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Dynamic knowledge creation and transfer

Special issue call for papers from Baltic Journal of Management

Guest Editors: Professor Rolv Petter Amdam, BI Norwegian School of Management
Professor Randi Lunnan, BI Norwegian School of Management
Dr Jon Erland Lervik, BI Norwegian School of Management

Knowledge has gained increasing recognition in the management literature over the last decades as an important strategic resource and differentiating factor. Much academic effort has been directed at identifying different forms of knowledge as well as mechanisms that support and prevent inter- and intra-organizational transfer of knowledge. Although this body of research has yielded considerable insight into the significance of various types of knowledge, and the situations in which knowledge is created and transferred, there are still many unexplored questions regarding how to approach the concept of knowledge, particularly knowledge that has become part of the competitive advantage of companies, and the circumstances that stimulate the creation and growth of this type of knowledge advantage. Concepts such as path dependencies, absorptive capacity, and dynamic capabilities have pointed to the dynamic aspect of knowledge development, suggesting that there must be certain conditions or processes present that stimulate the development and transfer of knowledge. We still know, however, little about the relation between these specific conditions and processes and the knowledge they generate over time. Furthermore, the link between knowledge obtained by a firm or unit and its performance is still an area waiting for further investigation. Generally, it is assumed that an emerging economy needs knowledge from a more developed economy. This presumption is, however, rather simple, as organizational knowledge can vary in its transferability to different contexts, and companies from developed economies also need to tap into local innovations as well as local market knowledge. The processes by which knowledge is created in one location and over time transferred to other regions is still an area for further research.

For this special issue on dynamic knowledge transfer we welcome conceptual and empirical papers that advance the theoretical understanding of dynamic knowledge creation and transfer, addressing a range of topics/issues, which includes, but is not restricted to, the following:

  • Inter- and intra-organizational knowledge transfer
  • Triggers of knowledge creation
  • Knowledge-enhancing and destroying structures and processes¬†
  • Importance of knowledge for competitive advantage and performance
  • What is the relation between senders and receivers of knowledge and their organizational processes and structures over time?
  • To what extent can knowledge creation be managed?
  • How are different forms of knowledge created and transferred?
  • How are knowledge creation and transfer related to different stages of development?
  • The impact of institutional and contextual factors on knowledge transfer
  • Knowledge transfer and economic development.

Submissions welcome
All papers submitted will be peer-reviewed and accepted papers will be published in a special issue of BJM. Papers should be electronically submitted to the Baltic Journal of Management by 7 June 2010.
Details about preparing and submitting the papers are available at the Baltic Journal of Management web site:

Please submit papers via Manuscript Central, Emerald's online submission and peer review system, available at: You must select the "special issue'' option in Manuscript Central. Full information and guidance on using Manuscript Central are available at the Emerald Manuscript Central Support Centre:

For more information about the submission process please contact Jurga Duobiene, Editorial Assistant, Baltic Journal of Management by e-mail: [email protected].